Excuses, Excuses . . .

Monday, September 12, 2011

n-excuses"And I have this little litany of things they can do. And the first one, of course, is to write - every day, no excuses. It's so easy to make excuses. Even professional writers have days when they'd rather clean the toilet than do the writing."

Octavia Butler

Okay, I admit it: I’m running out of excuses for reasons not to be writing.

Shall we tackle a few “reasons” and see what happens?

  • I don’t have time.
    Hmmm. You have time in November to scratch out an average of 1,667 words a day, but you can’t find time on a daily basis for one page—250 words? That 15% of the number needed daily during the month of November. Want to try again?
  • There’s other things I need to do.
    Uh huh. Aren’t there always? See above. Actually, see both Octavia’s quote and the excuse above. 250 words? How much times does that really take, particularly if you think about what those words need to be while you’re doing “other stuff”?
  • There’s too many distractions.
    True. There might be. However, you do have some measure of control over that. If you can’t change your environment, then you can change which environment you’re in. It’s not a matter of “fair”—get over it.
  • I don’t know what to work on.
    Oh. Gee. What a burden it must be to have too many writing projects to choose from. Pick one. Or two. And then finish them. Set goals. Meet goals. Simple.

I think those are the main objections. What to try to think up a few more? Or spend that time writing some words?